Published by HarperCollins on February 16th 2016
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Family, Siblings, Social Issues, Social Themes, Young Adult
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At once honest and touching, Claire Needell's debut novel is a moving look at date rape and its aftermath, at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and tear us apart.The gap between the Russell sisters—Jan, Erika, and Melanie—widens as each day passes. Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence.And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika, and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.The Word for Yes will inspire necessary conversation about a topical and important issue facing our society. The book includes a thoughtful author's note that provides resources for readers.
Morris shook his head. “Your mom is great, but she has this weird idea Melanie is about eighteen years old and you’re about ten.” Erika smiled. But she understood why her mom thought like that. Melanie was tough. She was the sort of person you didn’t think needed looking after.